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The Department of Mass Communications is accredited by the highly selective Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (ACEJMC). Out of thousands of programs internationally that teach subjects in mass communications, only about 100 meet the high standards of ACEJMC accreditation. Our curriculum seeks to educate students to be responsive to this fast-paced, ever changing professional environment.

SIUE offers four professional career options for Mass Communications students:

The Mass Communications Student Handbook

The Student Handbook has been designed to assist our majors with managing their careers here in the SIUE Mass Communications Department. However, the handbook is also a great tool for prospective students to take a look at as well. Below is a list of the information you can find in the handbook:

Mass Communications Courses

MC 201 Mass Media and Society
MC 202 Writing for the Media
MC 204 Introduction to Audio and Video Production
MC 301 Advanced Audio Production
MC 321 Feature Writing
MC 322 Copy Editing for the Media
MC 323 Digital Publishing and Design
MC 324 Advanced News Reporting
MC 325 Fundamentals of Advertising
MC 326 Advertising Copywriting and Design
MC 327 Writing and Designing for Digital Media
MC 330 Advanced Broadcast Writing
MC 332 Advanced News Production
MC 333 Advanced Video Production
MC 334 Commercial Production
MC 342 Digital Imagery
MC 389 Media Planning
MC 401 Media Law
MC 403 Cultural Studies in Media
MC 421 Advertising Campaigns
MC 422 Writing for the Corporate and Institutional Market
MC 433 Television Producing and Directing
MC 440 Visual Media Analysis
MC 441 Multimedia Use in Mass Media
MC 431 Freelance Media Production
MC 449 Media Psychology
MC 453 Transnational Media
MC 454 Documentary Media
MC 447 Photojournalism and Visual Storytelling
MC 451 Research Methods in Mass Media
MC 471 Special Topics
MC 475 Advanced Multimedia
MC 500 Mass Communications Theory
MC 501 Research Methods for Mass Communications
MC 502 Media Campaigns
MC 503 Cultural Studies in Media
MC 504 Special Topics in Mass Communications

IS 353 Representing Women’s Bodies
IS 376 Information Technology and Society
IS 303 The Great Motion Picture
PHIL 481 Media Ethics

Degree Requirements for Mass Communications Majors

All Mass Communications majors must complete a minimum of 80 semester hours in courses outside the Department of Mass Communications. Of these, no fewer than 65 semester hours must be completed in courses in the basic liberal arts and sciences. Liberal arts and sciences courses at SIUE include any course taught in the College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of Economics, and the Department of Psychology.

Introductory Core Requirements (12 hours):
MC 201, MC 202, MC 203 and MC 204
Advanced Core (9 hours):
MC 401, MC 403 and MC 481
Professional Option (15 hours)

Choose one of the following Mass Communications options:

Corporate and Institutional Media
MC 402 Media Management
MC 422 Writing Corporate & Institutional Marketing

Three of the following courses chosen in consultation with a Mass Communications Department advisor:
MC 321 Feature Writing
MC 323 Publication Layout and Design
MC 327 Designing/Writing for the World Wide Web
MC 330 Advanced Broadcast Writing
MC 342 Digital Imagery
MC 431 Corporate & Nonbroadcast Video
MC 441 Multimedia Use in Mass Media
MC 451 Research Methods in Mass Media
MC 453 Transnational Media

Media Advertising
MC 325 Fundamentals of Advertising
MC 389 Media Planning

Three of the following courses chosen in consultation with a Mass Communications Department advisor:

MC 323 Publication Layout and Design
MC 326 Advertising Copywriting & Design
MC 334 Electronic Media Advertising
MC 342 Digital Imagery
MC 421 Advertising Campaigns
MC 440 Visual Media Analysis
MC 449 Media Psychology
MC 451 Research Methods in Mass Media

Print and Electronic Journalism
MC 322 Copy Editing For The Media
MC 324 Public Affairs Reporting

Three of the following courses chosen in consultation with a Mass Communications Department advisor:
MC 321 Feature Writing
MC 323 Publication Layout and Design
MC 330 Advanced Broadcast WritIng
MC 332 Electronic Media News
MC 341 Sports Journalism
MC 342 Digital Imagery
MC 424 The Literature of Journalism
MC 447 Photojournalism

Television/Radio
MC 330 Advanced Broadcast Writing
MC 402 Media Management

Three of the following courses chosen in consultation with a Mass Communications Department advisor:
MC 301 Radio Production
MC 331 Electronic Media Performance
MC 333 Advanced Video Writing and Production
MC 334 Electronic Media Advertising
MC 423 Advanced Topics in Writing for the Media
MC 431 Corporate and Non-broadcast Video
MC 433 Advanced Video Directing and Producing
MC 440 Visual Media Analysis
MC 441 Multimedia Use in Mass Media
MC 454 Documentary Media

Mass Communications Electives (6 hours)
Minor Outside of Mass Communications (18-21 hours)
University Electives (19-22 hours)

Mass Communications Minor Requirements

The Mass Communications minor requires MC 201 and 202 and additional courses selected in consultation with a departmental minor advisor for a total of 21 hours.

Scholarships and Awards

  • Bob Hardy Scholarship in Broadcast Journalism
    Established in the memory of Bob Hardy to encourage and support worthy student pursuing a degree in Broadcast Journalism (Mass Communications, Television-Radio).
  • John Rider Graduate Achievement Award
    Recognizes a graduate student who demonstrates potential and inclination for significant contribution to the field of Mass Communications, exhibits a thorough understanding of
    mass communications theory and research and shares Dr. Rider’s enthusiasm for the study of global mass media systems and education.
  • The Jack Shaheen Media Image Award
    Recognizes an outstanding student who shares Dr. Shaheen’s interest in issues of media representation and bias.
  • The John Regnell Media Policy & Law Award
    Recognizes an outstanding student who has demonstrated Dr. Regnell's concern and understanding of legal issues of mass media.
  • The Barbara Regnell Leadership in Media Award
    Recognizes a senior for outstanding leadership and who exhibits qualities and standards held by Prof. Barbara Regnell.
  • Judy Landers Creativity in Strategic Media Award
    Recognizes an outstanding student who shares Prof. Landers’s creative approach to media advertising.
  • Dewayne Staats Award in Sports Journalism
    Recognizes a student who exhibits Staats’s passion for sports, and who demonstrates the writing, announcing and analytical skills needed to excel in the field of Sports Journalism.
  • Elmer C. Broz Award for Achievement in Journalism
    Presented annually to a graduating senior from the Department of Mass Communications, SIUE, for achievement in journalism. This award is given in memory of the late city editor of the Alton Telegraph on behalf of his efforts to groom and
    encourage young journalists.
  • John Rutherford Ott
    Recognizes a student with outstanding GPA.
  • Kamil C. Winter Achievement
    Recognizes a senior for outstanding achievement and who exhibits qualities and standards held by Professor Winter - a scholarly approach to social responsibility through the use of media.
  • Press Club of St. Louis
    To encourage academic excellence in the Department of Mass Communications. The award is open to journalism students enrolled in the Department of Mass Communications.
  • St. Louis Newspaper Guild
    Outstanding student” in journalism; award designed to encourage academic excellence. Open to all journalism students.
  • Belleville News Democrat
    To recognize achievement in print journalism.
  • St. Louis American Outstanding Student in Journalism Award
    To recognize outstanding students in the Dept. of Mass Communications who show promise in field of journalism.

student handbookDownload the Mass Comm Student Handbook


Graduates

SIUE offers a Master of Science degree in Mass Communications, designed for those who wish to concentrate in media studies or professional media practice.

The Graduate Student Handbook

The Gradute Student Handbook has been designed to assist our masters candidates and prospective students with any questions they might have and to provide a comprehensive overview of the program while providing information on a range of topics. Below is a list of the information you can find in the graduate handbook:

Program Overview

The Department of Mass Communications offers a graduate program leading to the Master of Science degree in mass communications. Our MS is designed for students who wish to concentrate in Professional Media Practice (media message design, and media policy and management) or Media Studies (media and politics, media influence, media ethics, media literacy, transnational media, and media and representation). These concentration areas reflect the expertise of the department's graduate faculty, and thus enable students to attain high levels of competence in pragmatic considerations in media, theoretical sophistication and research design. Recent graduates from the program have applied their degree professionally in television journalism, advertising, public relations, sports marketing, and public policy, as well as gone on to pursue law and doctoral degrees.

The MS program is comprised of 30 credit hours (9 hours of core coursework, 15 elective hours, and 6 hours of thesis or professional project).

The Mass Communications' MS program maintains an enrollment of about 30 students. This size assures small class sizes (normally about 8-15), personalized program advising from the Graduate Program Director based on your career goals, and well as a close working relationship with your graduate thesis/final project committee.

Students typically begin courses in August at the beginning of the fall semester and can finish their program as early as the following fall. However, admission to the program is open all year and applications are assessed for acceptance as they arrive. To assure that students will be able to apply the degree to their professional and intellectual goals, the program stresses a foundation in:

  • Mass Communication Theory
  • Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods of Mass Communication
  • Design, Production and Application of Media Messages

These core foci of our curriculum are pivotal for both what practitioners in the field might need as well as what doctoral program selection committees look for when evaluating students for their programs. In short, these three core areas of curriculum concentration combine to foster:

  • Critically thinking
  • The ability to communicate clearly, both written and oral;
  • Understanding the relations between theory and research, and its application;
  • The development of independent and original research;
  • The analysis of issues relevant to investigation.

Application/Admission Process

To apply to the MS in Mass Communications, please submit all of the following to:

Graduate Admissions
Box 1047
Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville
Edwardsville, Illinois 62026-1047

  1. A completed Graduate Admission Application form and fees
  2. Official transcripts
  3. A completed Mass Communications Graduate Program Application
  4. Statement of Purpose
  5. Three letters of Recommendation
  6. Assistantship Application (optional-only for those seeking an Assistantship).

For more information, visit Graduate Admissions website: http://www.siue.edu/graduatestudents/apply/admission-information.shtml

To submit an online application, visit: https://www.siue.edu/apply/index.shtml

Applicants are notified by the Graduate School of their acceptance to the program. Following admission, each student should make an appointment with the Director of Graduate Studies for an initial advisement appointment. Please consult the material in the Advisement Information section of this handbook prior to meeting with the director.

Download PDF Applications - Adobe Acrobat Reader Required To Open.
PDFMasters in Mass Communications Application
PDFGraduate Assistantship Application

Thesis Information

Thesis or Project?

To complete the Master's degree, each student must develop and complete a thesis or project. Which option the student chooses is contingent upon their future goals, and is elaborated in conjunction with a graduate committee of three professors (four is optional). At least two of those committee members should be from the Department of Mass Communications, and the Committee Chair must be a Mass Communications graduate faculty member.

Thesis

A thesis involves identifying a problem, issue or trend within the field and investigating it by drawing on relevant theory and applying appropriate research procedures. This option is usually selected for those students wishing to extend their graduate studies (e.g. doctoral program) or that wish to pursue a research problem in depth.

Project

A project can be developed that blends theory, research methods, and a professional skill to an applied problem. For example, this might involve developing an information campaign for a hospital, an audio or video documentary about a media related issue, or a media literacy curriculum for a secondary school. Six hours credit may be earned for the Thesis under MC599 or Professional Project under MC 598. Before beginning work, each student should be familiar with Guidelines for the Preparation of Thesis or Project, issued by the Graduate School.

Preparation For Thesis

The preparation of a thesis proposal involves the following steps:

Step 1: Before beginning a proposal, students should discuss their topic area with the chairperson of their graduate committee in order to determine if the topic is appropriate, and to get helpful research advice.

Step 2: Students should prepare a complete proposal and set up a proposal meeting with their committee. Thesis proposals normally include Sections I, II, and III of "A Brief Guide for the Preparation of A Research Study" (See Table of Contents). The chairperson of the graduate committee will then schedule a committee meeting to approve or disapprove the proposal. Students must register thesis and project titles with the Graduate School as soon as the proposal is approved. Please note that the Graduate School requires that a title be registered two semesters prior to a student’s anticipated graduation.

Step 3: Once the proposal has been accepted by the committee, students may complete their Thesis with the help and advice of their graduate advisors. NOTE: Each Thesis must relate to the theories of mass communication taught in MC500 and use, as appropriate, the research methods taught in MC501.

Preparation For Professional Project

Six hours of credit may be earned for the project under MC598.

The preparation of a project involves the following steps:

Step 1: Before beginning a thesis proposal, students should discuss their topic area with the chairperson of their graduate committee in order to determine if the topic is appropriate, and to get helpful research advice.

Step 2: A student should prepare a project proposal that includes: (1) An overview of the project; (2) A summary of relevant theory and research; (3) Overview of methodology to be used, and (4) A statement of the signifi- cance of the project.

Step 3: Once the proposal is accepted, a student may complete his/her project with the help and advice of the graduate committee.

Certificate Program in Media Literacy

The Media Literacy Post-Baccalaureate Certificate is designed for teachers of secondary education who wish to address questions of media impact in their curriculum. The certificate provides these teachers with a foundation of theoretical, analytical and applied approaches to current trends in mass media. Issues such as the emergence of new technologies; growth of multinational media conglomeration and their impact on politics; questions of race, class, gender and representation; and the effects of media violence are focused on. In addition, certificate program students can also learn and/or sharpen media production skills through elective courses. This certificate should be particularly useful for teachers of high school courses such as , social studies, contemporary concerns, political science, English, media studies, etc.

Required Courses (9 hrs):
• MC 500 Media Interrelationships
• MC 503 Media Critical Theory
• MC 504 Social Responsibility in the Media

How To Apply

Thank you for your interest in our Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Media Literacy at Southern Illinois University. We are very excited about offering the first and only one in the area! The mission of our program is to prepare educators with ways to integrate media-related issues into the classroom. Our curriculum is designed to foster analytical thinking and a sensitive understanding of the interrelationships between technological, economic, cultural, ethical and political issues of media and society. The program allows certificate students to take a wide variety of media theory and skill-based courses. The program's structure is designed with one basic premise: by teaching people how to critically analyze and learn to create their own messages (in print, audio, video and multimedia), educators can foster sophisticated and active citizens rather than merely more consumers for our media saturated society. To make this experience accessible for educators and other working professionals, we offer many night courses. We also offer many courses during the summer.

Graduate Faculty

Dr. Gary Hicks - Professor
Dr. Elza Ibroscheva - Department Chair, Professor
Dr. Musonda Kapatamoyo - Associate Professor
Dr. Suman Mishra - Graduate Director, Associate Professor
Dr. Jason Yu - Associate Professor
Dr. Undrah Baasanjav - Assistant Professor
Dr. Mark Poepsel - Assistant Professor
Dr. Shi Li - Assistant Professor

PDFDownload the Graduate Student Handbook

Frequently Asked Questions

This link (http://www.siue.edu/graduatestudents/faqs.shtml ) has answers to many of the frequently asked questions we get.